Jean, one of our longstanding residents gave me this picture taken in 2006, which shows her and Gill, one of our carers. Jean has been with us for more than 17 years, but is only our second longest resident – the longest was with us for 27 years and almost celebrated her 102nd birthday.
Gill, the carer in the picture, and has been with us 35 years this month which is longer than any other member of staff, or resident for that matter. Gill has become such a feature of the Homes, none of us can imagine the place without her.
Both residents and staff seem to like being at the Homes. Trudi, our Registered Care Manager joined as a carer in 1988 ago and liked it so much, she simply took over. Her colleague Traci is a newbie, joining in 1990.
Jean came to Bernhard Baron Cottage Homes with her husband, who was a little older. She tells us that at the time she was concerned as she was led to believe that new residents had to be under 80 and he was older than that. While that was not the case and the Homes were delighted to have this wonderful couple, we are even more delighted that Jean stayed even after her husband passed away and she passed 80 (and even 90 so she tells me).
Our mission is to take care of residents for the rest of their lives and it appears we may be doing the same for staff. It means we have an extraordinary amount of experience as well as knowledge to guide us, not only in the staff, but also in the residents.